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MED MOVES: Acadia’s CEO to Retire While Hackensack Meridian, Keck Medical Center and Others Name New CEOs


Multiple organizations named announced the appointment of new CEOs, while Acadia Healthcare announced its CEO was retiring in January 2022.

Hackensack Meridian Announces 2 Executive Appointments

Patricia L. Fisher, MD, was named the CEO of Hackensack Meridian‘s Ocean University Medical Center, and Kash Patel the new executive vice president and chief information and digital engagement officer for Hackensack Meridian.

Fisher is succeeding Vincent J. Vivona, DO, JD, who retired from the position after a 40-year career. Fisher is joining Hackensack Meridian from the University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, where she was chief medical officer and chief safety officer.

Patel joins Hackensack Meridian from Penn Medicine, where he served as vice president and chief digital technology officer. Patel has over 25 years of experience in technology leadership and has worked with healthcare organizations, startups and multinational corporations.

Acadia Healthcare CEO to Retire

After 35-plus years in healthcare, Debbie Osteen, CEO of Acadia Healthcare, is retiring effective January 31, 2022. She will continue to serve on the board of directors and assist with the selection and transition of the new CEO. Osteen joined Acadia in December 2018, and during her tenure, Acadia acquired 14 facilities.

The board is utilizing a national recruiting firm to conduct a search for Osteens replacement. Acadia provides behavioral healthcare services across the United States and has more than 20,000 employees.

Summit Health Names New CEO

Jeff Alter is officially taking over Summit Health as CEO, effective immediately. He is succeeding Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, who is now the executive chairman on the company’s board. Alter previously worked at Anthem as executive vice president of Anthem Health Solutions and president of IngenioRx, Anthem’s pharmacy business. He has been on CityMD’s board since 2017.

The healthcare network was formed in 2019 through the merger of Summit Medical Group and CityMD and has more than 200 locations, 2000 providers, and 9000 employees in New Jersey, New York, and Central Oregon.

Davis Is Next CEO for Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center announced Steve Davis, MD, will succeed Michael Fisher as president and CEO on November 22. Fisher announced in April that he was retiring as CEO after leading the healthcare system for 12 years.

Davis has been with Cincinnati Children’s since 2015 as the chief operating officer. Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Davis held several roles at the Cleveland Clinic.

Interim CEO Will Be Permanent at Keck Medical Center

Marty Sargeant has served in the role of interim CEO since July 2020 but will officially be the CEO of Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California (USC), effectively immediately. Keck Medical Center is comprised of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. Prior to becoming interim CEO, Sargeant was chief operating officer (COO).

Before joining Keck, he was the COO for City of Hope and held various positions over 17 years with Cleveland Clinic.

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